New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942. Second Printing of the First Edition. Hardcover.
First US Edition A scarce Second Printing of the first edition (the date of publication appears on the copyright page but not on the title page).
Bound in green cloth, with stamped black lettering to the spine and front cover. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, Moderate shelf handling wear with tiny corner rubs. Soiling to the covers. Spine age-darkened with rubs on the spine bands. 8vo; ix/293 pages. Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Ref: Czech Africa p.181.
Good / No Dust Jacket. Item #17256
'West With the Night' is a 1942 memoir by Beryl Markham, chronicling her experiences growing up in Kenya (then British East Africa), in the early 1900s, leading to a career as a bush pilot there. Considered a classic of outdoor literature, and in 2004, National Geographic Adventure ranked it number 8 in a list of 100 best adventure books.
Beryl Markham was a British-born Kenyan aviator (one of the first bush pilots), adventurer, racehorse trainer and author. During the pioneer days of aviation, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west. She also had an affair with Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester.
She was first woman to fly the mail in Africa, the first to scout big game by plane and became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, taking off in England and crash-landing in Nova Scotia 29 hours and 25 minutes later. [wiki]